My first major "stop, drop and roll"

+17 votes
Well, it had to happen, a new member (5/17) incorrectly merged a profile from recent profile to older profile, removing (apparently) my laborious sourcing research along the way. My ancestor. My research. Named herself as PM of the "new" profile. My very first serious "stop, drop and roll." Cooling off, I am, from being steamed. Thank you for hearing this kvetch! We may need to give new "cousins" more detailed advice when they join. I'm sure no harm was meant.
asked in The Tree House by Dorothy Coakley G2G6 Pilot (170k points)
Hi Dorothy
Congratulations on doing the right thing. Cooler heads always prevail.

Keep up the great work.

1 Answer

+14 votes
Best answer
Dorothy, did you check the changes log to see if your work was still there under the edits she made?  It should still be there even after a merge and can be restored.
answered by Emma MacBeath G2G6 Pilot (526k points)
selected by Dorothy Coakley
Thanks, Emma! You are a peach! I'm going to watch an episode of "Isles and Rizzoli" before returning to the computer...nothing like a fast-paced  cop show to cool down! (Joke)
My first thought when I read you post was, "This is only your FIRST Stop Drop and Roll?"   I have had about half a dozen this week at least and it is only Tuesday!  You have been blessed :-)
There are many PMs who insist that profiles match in all major details before allowing a merge.  This posting by Dorothy seems like a good case for why the major edits should occur AFTER the merge, not before.  If done before, the Changes history will disappear on the profile that is merged away, and all that info is lost.  (Please correct me if I'm wrong about this as I'm relying on my sometimes faulty memory.)
I am not sure, but you may be right Kerry.

And I cannot imagine making major edits before a merge, especially when the biographies have to be combined afterwards anyway!

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